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Ten Years in an Hour

Time lapse footage of a decade's worth of images from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. At the speed of the video, every second is a day.You can see by the end that we've entered an extremely quiet period for solar activity.In other news, our planet's magnetic field is acting wonky, but this is 2020, so nothing's really surprising. . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Space, Science, Guns, Nasa, Tam, Solar Dynamics Observatory, Vidjo


A Scheme of Heaven is a deep investigation of astrology from a scientist’s perspective

We humans are castaways on an ocean of uncertainty. Since the beginnings of history, our ancestors sought knowledge and understanding about their lives, their relationship with the cosmos, and perhaps take a peek into their future. In such effort—long before the answers of science—earthlings developed a rich variety of divination practices and systems. Many forms of divination survive to this day, and can't be easily dismissed as irrational nonsense, or mere curiosities of a bygone age. On the c...
Tags: Post, Math, Science, News, History, Mit, Kepler, Boxer, Ptolemy, Kindi, COVID, Alexander Boxer


Trump Administration: Social Media Platforms Need to Police Calls for Violence That Aren't the President's

The Trump administration, home to some of the most prominent voices that cry wolf about supposed politically biased censorship online, is calling on some of the biggest names in tech and social media to crack down on how users post about ongoing racial-justice protests.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Science, Trump, Chad Wolf, Trump Administration, President Trump, George Floyd, George Floyd Protests, Social Media Platforms Need to Police Calls


Hoist the Mizzenmast, Margot Robbie Is Pirates of the Caribbean's New Star

Harley Quinn’s about to embrace her nautical side. A new report says Margot Robbie is set to star in a female-led Pirates of the Caribbean film for Disney. And she’s bringing a key member of the Birds of Prey crew onboard for the job.Read more...
Tags: Science, Disney, Harley Quinn, Theme Parks, Birds Of Prey, Margot Robbie, Caribbean, Pirates Of The Caribbean, Christina Hodson, Mizzenmast Margot Robbie


Credit Card Skimmers Can Hide in an Icon's Metadata

In the midst of a news cycle filled with stories of the chaotic global pandemic and mass civil unrest raging around us right now, I personally find solace in stories about the constants we can rely on: Stories of brands continuing to show their ass on social media. Stories about budged art restorations continuing to…Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, Scams, Magecart


Zuckerberg: It Is Now More Convenient for Me to Be the Arbiter of Truth

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has pulled a massive 180—at least on his public rhetoric—and said at a town hall meeting and Facebook post on Friday that the company will start affixing labels to or taking down posts from public figures like Donald Trump that violate its rules, as well as prohibit more categories of hate…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Politics, Science, Technology, Ads, Donald Trump, Zuckerberg, Political Ads


Facebook Will Finally Tell Your Aunt That Article Is From 3 Months Ago

Raise your hand if you sometimes forget to look at the publication date of an article before you breathlessly share it with a friend? It’s okay, you’re only human. After years of promoting old and outdated content, Facebook finally wants to help you remember. According to a recent blog post by John Hegeman, VP of Feed…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, John Hegeman, That Article Was Published In 1659, Old News


How Long Will Trump Allow TikTokers to Make a Mockery of Him?

After K-pop stans took credit for the embarrassingly low turnout at Trump’s rally in Tulsa last week, the president waits to see what humiliation will befall the campaign next. The TikTok troops are plotting to claim more territory on donaldjtrump.com: the webstore.Read more...
Tags: Science, Trump, Huh, Tulsa, Brad Parscale, Tiktok


How Long Could Covid-19 Immunity Last? It's Not Just About Antibodies

A recent study making the rounds everywhere is certainly unnerving: It found that previously infected people can lose almost all of a type of antibody to the coronavirus within three months. But the study’s findings are far too limited to assume that immunity to the virus is so short-lived.Read more...
Tags: Science, Immunity, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2


Facial Reconstruction of a Prehistoric Man Whose Head Was Mounted on a Stake

In 2011, Swedish archaeologists found human skulls that had been mounted on stakes at an 8,000-year-old burial site, representing a behavior rarely seen among prehistoric hunter-gatherers. An incredible, computer-aided facial reconstruction finally puts a face to one of these skulls.Read more...
Tags: Science, Anthropology, Facial Reconstructions, Mesolithic Period, Hunters And Gatherers


Record-Breaking Lightning Just Chilled in the Sky for 17 Seconds

Lighting usually lasts for a couple seconds at most. Except for when it really, super doesn’t. On March 4, 2019, there was a lightning flash in Argentina that lasted for 16.73 seconds.Read more...
Tags: Weather, Science, Argentina, Lightning, Weird News, Lightning Bolts


Everybody Hates Mark

As the U.S. copes with an unprecedented pandemic and national reckoning of racism, policymakers are scrutinizing social media’s role in spreading disinformation. On Wednesday, a House joint committee met with experts in law, computer science, and civil rights to discuss how misinformation can be combated on platforms…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Congress, House, House Of Representatives, Mark, Section 230, Hearings, Fuck Zuck


Microsoft Kills One of Its Best Windows 10 Update Loopholes

As Microsoft continues to roll out its latest Windows 10 version 2004 update to consumers and businesses, it seems like it’s taking away some key perks of having a non-home version of the OS, mainly the ability to delay major updates. First spotted by WindowsTimes, Microsoft has quietly reduced the amount of time…Read more...
Tags: Science, Microsoft, Windows, Windows 10, If Its Broken Please Fix It, Windows 10 Version 2004, WindowsTimes Microsoft


The "Stop Hate For Profit" Movement Isn't Going to Stop Anything

Yesterday, Verizon became the latest company to join a corporate chorus boycotting Facebook advertisements in July as part of a rallying cry to get Facebook’s corporate board to take action on the rampant racism and hate speech that many of us have come to associate with the platform. The “Stop Hate for Profit”…Read more...
Tags: Verizon, Facebook, Science, Advertising, Public Relations, Extremism, Black Lives Matter, Stop Hate for Profit, Stop Hate For Profit Movement Isn


Dungeons & Dragons & Novels: Revisiting The Crystal Shard

In the frozen tundra of Icewind Dale, four unlikely (sort of) heroes (sort of) join forces (sort of) to defeat an evil wizard (sort of) wielding unimaginable power (actually, it’s pretty imaginable). Welcome to io9’s look back at the Dungeons & Dragons novels of yore, where I read these classic fantasy books to see…Read more...
Tags: Books, Science, Fantasy, RPG, Dungeons And Dragons, Dungeons And Dragons And Novels, Ra Salvatore, Drizzt Dourden


Stop Going to Bars

It’s Friday, baby! Time to put on a nice pair of pants, hit up some pals, and... sit your ass down right there. You have absolutely no business going to a bar. Not today. Not next week. Hell, I’d stock up on enough booze to last through at least New Year’s. Because—maybe you haven’t heard—there is a goddamn pandemic…Read more...
Tags: Science, Time, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2, Asshats


The Man Who Invented Karaoke Is 95 And His Machine Still Works

Karaoke is one of Japan’s most ubiquitous worldwide exports. But who invented the first machine that let you sing along to backing tracks of popular hits? Read more...
Tags: Japan, Science, Karaoke, Matt Alt, Sparko Box, Pure Invention


Gigantic Splotches on the Star Betelgeuse Might Explain Its Freaky Dimming

Betelgeuse—a gigantic star in the final stages of its life—has been acting weird lately, exhibiting dramatic drops in brightness. New research attributes enormous star spots to Betelgeuse’s flaky appearance, though on a scale never seen before.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Stars, Astrophysics, Betelgeuse


Literally no one is profiting off of third-party delivery apps

So by now you’ve most likely heard that delivery apps like Grubhub, Door Dash, and Uber Eats are potentially harmful to restaurants, as evidenced by some of the most exciting dystopian developments in the food world. These delivery services take up to 30% of every order, often wiping out a restaurant’s profits…Read more...
Tags: Science, Third Party Delivery


Nearly Two Months After 'Reopening,' Florida Hits 9,000 Coronavirus Cases in a Single Day

Florida is witnessing a major spike in confirmed covid-19 cases roughly seven weeks after Gov. Rick DeSantis announced plans to reopen the state following consultation with the White House. In a single day this week, 8,942 new cases were confirmed, state health officials said on Friday.Read more...
Tags: Florida, Science, White House, Rick DeSantis, Coronavirus, Covid 19, The Sunshine State


How Phone Banking Teens Are Reshaping Congress

This week’s primaries were full of huge progressive victories, including races that prominently featured climate champions. What helped fuel a win for Jamaal Bowman and lead for Charles Booker wasn’t just your usual get-out-the-vote operation, though. It was one run by teens who, despite not being able to vote in this…Read more...
Tags: Science, Congress, 2020 Election, The Kids Are Alright, Sunrise Movement, Green New Deal, Charles Booker, Jamaal Bowman


Uber's Arbitration Clause Ruled Invalid by Canada's High Court

One of the biggest arrows in Uber’s quiver was snapped clean in half by the Supreme Court in Canada today. It’s about damn time.Read more...
Tags: Uber, Science, Supreme Court, Labor, Canada, Heller, Uber Technologies Inc V Heller, Canada s High Court


Coronavirus live news: global death toll exceeds 490,000; soldiers sent to Italian town amid tension over new outbreak

WHO needs $31.3bn over 12 months for vaccines; France plans 1.3m tests to find ‘hidden clusters’; Mike Pence to hold first taskforce briefing in weeksParties across Europe spark fears of Covid-19 surgeUS one-day case high as states delay reopeningUS coronavirus updates - liveUK coronavirus updates – liveSee all our coronavirus coverage 6.24pm BST US president Donald Trump on Friday cancelled a planned weekend visit to his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, the White House said in an upda...
Tags: Europe, Science, Washington, France, White House, US, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Pence


18 Names for Amazon’s ‘Climate Pledge Arena’ That Would’ve Made More Sense

So we’re really doing this, huh?Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Hockey, Seattle, Earther Is A Sports Blog Now, Climate Pledge


Twitch Finally Starts Banning Streamers Accused Of Sexual Abuse

Over the weekend, over 50 people, mostly women, in and around the world of Twitch came forward to accuse streamers and other industry figures, mostly men, of sexual abuse. As the week has progressed, that number has . After the initial wave of accusations, Twitch promised to investigate and…Read more...
Tags: Science, Sexual Assault, Streaming, Kotakucore, Sex Abuse, Twitch


How Do You Deal With People Who Aren't Wearing Masks?

Being the cantankerous native New Yorker that I am, I’ve been taken aback by the sense of camaraderie I’ve seen in public during the pandemic. Most prominently, I’m talking about the ubiquitous mask-wearing I’m seeing in my neighborhood, at grocery stores, and on mass transit on the few occasions I’ve had to take it.Read more...
Tags: Science, Masks, Chatroom, Coronavirus, Covid 19


'We've bought the wrong satellites': UK tech gamble baffles experts

Bid for 20% of OneWeb to replace Galileo after Brexit ‘looks like nationalism trumping industrial policy’The UK government’s plan to invest hundreds of millions of pounds in a satellite broadband company has been described as “nonsensical” by experts, who say the company doesn’t even make the right type of satellite the country needs after Brexit.The investment in OneWeb, first reported on Thursday night, is intended to mitigate against the UK losing access to the EU’s Galileo satellite navigati...
Tags: Europe, Space, Politics, UK, Science, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Foreign Policy, Satellites, Brexit, Galileo


Louisiana Activists Face Terrorism Charges, 15 Years in Prison for Harmless Plastic Stunt

Two Louisiana environmental justice activists face up to 15 years in prison for—wait for it—delivering boxes of plastic to oil and gas lobbyists. Anne Rolfes and Kate McIntosh, who work with the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, the cops on Thursday and were handcuffed and brought from a Baton Rouge…Read more...
Tags: Science, Plastic, Protests, Louisiana, Environmental Justice, Baton Rouge, Cancer Alley, Anne Rolfes, Kate McIntosh


Documents Leak Teasing a Cheaper Xbox Series X

Xbox Series X development docs, distributed courtesy of a leaker on Twitter, tease a long-rumored second Xbox Series X. As the Verge’s Tom Warren notes, the second console, code-named Lockhart, has been rumored for some time. This is just more fuel for the “Lockhart is real” fire. If it is indeed in development it…Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Science, Anaconda, Lockhart, Tom Warren, Gaming Consoles, Project Scarlett, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S


This Horrifying Fortnite Speaker Will Haunt Your Dreams for $12

Fortnite Bitty Boomers Beef Boss Wireless Bluetooth Speaker | $12 | AmazonRead more...
Tags: Deals, Kinja Deals, Science, Amazon deals



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